Angelina Jolie claims that the judge will not let her children to testify in her divorce from Brad Pitt.
The couple is still working out the custody of their five youngest children – Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – but Angelina has expressed her displeasure with the judge presiding over the proceedings for not allowing the children to speak during the hearing.
The following was written in a filing to California’s Second District Court of Appeal:
“Ms. Jolie was denied a fair trial by Judge Ouderkirk, who wrongfully excluded her evidence pertinent to the children’s health, safety, and welfare, which was crucial to her case… They failed to examine a part of the California courts statute that states that awarding custody to someone with a history of domestic violence is detrimental to the child’s best interests.”
Angelina Jolie, who also has a 19-year-old son named Maddox, feels the court should be permitted to “hear the minor teenagers’ opinion as to their experiences, needs, or wishes as to their custody fate,” but this has been denied.
Brad’s lawyers, on the other hand, believe the hearings were done fairly.
They stated in a response filing to the courts:
“After hearing from experts and percipient witnesses, Ouderkirk conducted an extensive proceeding in a comprehensive and fair manner over the past six months and reached a provisional finding and order. In many critical areas, [Angelina’s testimony] lacked credibility, and the existing custody order between the parties must be amended, as requested by Mr. Pitt, in the best interests of the children. The children would suffer considerable injury as a result of the objections, as they will be denied more permanence and stability.”